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University of Iowa News Release

March 2, 2005

Emergency Treatment Center Construction Project Under Way

Workers are now in the beginning stages of a major expansion and renovation of the Emergency Treatment Center (ETC) at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The $30 million project is progressing in multiple phases. The early phases involve building a temporary parking area, relocating utilities and constructing a larger permanent parking area. Middle phases of the project will include moving the entrance and building the upper and lower levels of the new ETC area. In the final phases, staff will move into the new ETC area and workers will renovate the current facility. Completion of the project is scheduled for 2009.

"We will be open for business as usual throughout the entire construction process and we will continue to work closely with emergency medical professionals to ensure that they are alerted about anything that might affect their interactions with us, such as traffic detours," said Eric Dickson, M.D., medical director of the Emergency Treatment Center and professor and head of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

The expansion and renovation effort will help modernize the facility, enhancing the ability of the staff to provide family-centered care and help patients and families access the ETC more easily. The project will enhance patient care and privacy, provide a more comfortable environment for their loved ones and will even increase the amount of available parking.

The Emergency Treatment Center and Level I Trauma Center reported 31,626 visits from patients last year; 1,003 of those patients arrived via the AirCare helicopter service. Projections show that the number of emergency room visits will rise to 45,000 in coming years.

"When it's all said and done, we will be better positioned to meet the needs of those we serve," Dickson said. "We are committed to making our Emergency Treatment Center one of the finest in the nation."

The new ETC will feature wider hallways (10 feet compared to the current eight feet), 33 private treatment rooms and designated areas for fast-track and pediatric patients. The design will upgrade security, place the sickest patients close to physicians and speed the admissions process.

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